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Tuesday. Sept. 11, 2007
Williamston, N.C.
Former Roanoke High
School football player
Trimaine Goddard tried his
hardestSaturday but ECU
still took top honors against
Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklin
Stadium. For photos of this
Roanoke favorite in action,
Looking for
different for dinner.
Try Wayne Fox’s
meatloaf recipe on
page 6.
It was six years ago that terrorists took
the lives of more than 3,000 Americans.
Remember to fly your flag at half mast in
honor of our fallen today and take a moment
to say a prayer for our country.
Former humane society
volunteer plans new
animal shelter
Solving the mystery
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Veterinary Hospital to go
back to school.
Although she had given
WILLIAMSTON – A group Harlow her two weeks’ notice,
of former volunteers of the she says when she was drivRoanoke River Humane Soci- ing to the humane shelter to
ety are looking in to creating continue her volunteer work
another humane society and she received a telephone call
from the office stating that
shelter in Martin County.
This has apparently re- she would not be allowed to
sulted from
her work
a dispute beat the Roatween the di“If someone
noke River
rector of the
wants to work
Roanoke Rivat the humane
er Humane
But Harsociety, they must
Society and
s ay s
a volunteer.
agree with the bySpeller’s
This dislaws.”
claims are
pute has left
– Dr. Richard
not true.
the awarding
He says
of a $5,000
that Spellcontribution
er was not
from the Marfired from
tin County
the humane society because
Commissioners in limbo.
According to an item in a she quit her job at the vetericolumn submitted to The En- narian hospital, but because
terprise by former RRHS vol- she did not adhere to the huunteer Teri Speller, “Volun- mane society’s by-laws.
“It [firing of Speller from
teers are looking for a place to
rent or purchase that would the human society] had nothbe ideal for a shelter. We are ing to do with her working
also looking for people to be here [Williamston Veterinary
on a nominating committee Hospital],” says Harlow. “If
to help with the appointment someone wants to work at the
of officers for our volunteer humane society, they must
agree with the by-laws.”
He says that he could not
Speller’s spearheading
of another animal shelter is say specifically which of the
being sparked by what she by-laws Speller did not adhere
claims as her firing from the to that lead to her firing.
But he does say that the
Roanoke River Human Society by its director and Wil- humane society has by-laws
liamston Veterinary Hospital and rules just as any other
company or group to ensure
owner Dr. Richard Harlow.
She says she was fired as that the services it provides
a volunteer from the humane to the community are carried
society because she had quit
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her job at the Williamston
Former WHS
principal dies
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WILLIAMSTON – Longtime educator and former
Williamston High School
Principal Edward Farnell
died Thursday after a period
of declining health.
He worked in education
for 43 years.
Far nell moved to
Williamston in 1965 to work
at Williamston High before
retiring in 1980.
B e fo re wo rk i n g i n
Martin County, he served
as principal of New Bern
High School and Fuquay
Springs School. He also
taught science and math.
His wife Gladys Gaskins
Far nell, who preceded
him in death, worked as a
home economics teacher at
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Staff photos by Suzanne Stotesbury
Fred Willard,
director of the
Lost Colony
Center for
Science and
explained in his
keynote speech
how the center
is looking for
the Lost Colony.
Right, Donna
Elks (left)and
her aunt, Eva
Elks Davis,
attended the
symposium to
help find their
family history.
Symposium draws
crowd from
across country
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WILLIAMSTON– People from all
over the United States joined the Lost
Colony Center for Science and Research
this past weekend for its DNA symposium.
The center held its symposium Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn
in Williamston. People from California,
Arizona, New Jersey and several other
states joined locals in the search for
descendents of the Lost Colony.
Beth Little came all the way from
Oklahoma to attend the symposium. As
Fred Willard, director of the center gave
the keynote speech on how the center
has progressed and where it intends to
take its research, Little continuously
made notes in a small journal.
“I started doing my genealogy in
1985,” she explained. “My family always said we are Native American.”
She explained that by tracing family lines, she discovered that her family migrated from the North Carolina
mountains to Tennessee to Texas and
then finally settled in Oklahoma.
Going through her father’s things
one day, she discovered a book that
mentioned the surname Archard in
reference to the Lost Colony.
“Archard was my mother’s maiden
name,” said Little. “I just have to believe
that there is a connection.”
Bernon Davidson of Norfolk, Va.
and his wife, Patricia, woke up at 6 a.m.
Friday to drive to Williamston for the
“All of his people are from the Outer
Banks,” said Patricia while her husband
was swabbing the inside of his cheek for
a DNA sample. “He has relatives in East
Lake...he’s really curious.”
She explained that Ber non has
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Williamston High.
Farnell came to
Williamston around the time
the county was integrating
its schools.
“He’s a very strong
leader,” said Jack Butler,
former band director at
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The Enterprise
continue to seek clues in
the disappearance of a Williamston man 10 years ago.
Michael Pace, known as
“J.P.” to his friends, walked
out of his W. Main Street
home a decade ago taking
only the clothes on his back.
The only clue he left behind
was a letter that referenced
“cheating death.”
Pace was 21 years old at
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Phone: (252) 792-1181
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Martin County
students tops
state in ABC
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the time. He was living with
his parents and attending
Martin Community College.
The Pace family has been
in contact with the local
police department over the
years in hopes of finding
out what happened to their
youngest son.
Pace’s parents, Jerry and
Marsha, say they hope that
someone will come forward
with information.
“Because there has been
so much time passed, if there
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WILLIAMSTON—The Williamston Town Board gave final approval to revised FEMA
flood maps for Martin County
last week.
The maps were part of
a partnership between the
state and FEMA to re-create
flood maps statewide, following Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Along with the maps, the town
was required to approve a
Flood Damage Prevention
Ordinance regulating how
development will occur in the
different flood areas.
Major changes in the ordinance include the requirement of survey or engineer
drawings of proposed developement as well as certification of elevation before a
County schools show academic growth according to the
state standard for success.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recently released its
Accountability, Basic skills,
and local Control program or
ABCs results for the 2006-07
school year.
The ABCs is the standard
that the state of North Carolina uses to determine student
Overall, 91.6 percent of
Martin County schools made
the growth standard versus
the state’s 71.8 percent.
“T he board’s [Mar tin
County School Board] goal
is for students to be closer
or above the state average
each year,” says Dr. Tom Daly,
superintendent of Martin
County Schools. “A good measurement of that is growth.”
ABCs classifies schools
where the students who perform at least 90 percent at
grade level and make AYP as
an honor school of excellence,
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